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Indie Veterans Vulture Whale Celebrate the Reissue of Vulture Whale I on 10th Anniversary, September
8th on Cornelius Chapel Records, Release Show at That Night at The Nick and an in-store at Seasick Records that day!
The indie punk bomb shelters of Birmingham, AL incubated the inevitable union of local heroes The Ohms and Verbena, each band were purveyors southern-steeped rock n' roll that just about every Southeastern kid would give a nod to as an influence in one way or another. After a dream of a vulture eating a whale by guitarist/singer Lester Nuby a new creative vehicle was born and the band was formed. Vulture Whale's 2007 freshmen self-titled effort, released on Nuby's Ol' Elegante stamp, was a nearly perfect southern indie rock record -- tapping the same vein as remarkable debut records by McDonald's Ohms and Nuby's Verbena in 2000 and 1997, respectively. On September
8th, the band will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album with a new reissue on Cornelius Chapel Records and a show at the Nick as well as an in-store appearance at Seasick Records earlier that day at 6pm.Vulture Whale I will be available on 180 gram vinyl for the first time ever, and there is a pre-sale offer available now. Visit www.corneliuschapelrecords.com to take advantage of it.
Originally coined as Wes McDonald and The Fizz, the quartet featured Verbena's drummer, now Vulture Whale guitarist, Lester Nuby III alongside the formidable backline of Keelan Parrish on the low end with Jake Waitzman keeping time behind the drum kit, with front man Wes McDonald aka Terry Ohms of The Ohms holding court lyrically and playing rhythm and lead guitar. McDonald's vocal stylings straddle the gap between The Jam's Paul Weller
and Philadelphia's G.Love, a slight nod to Mick Jagger, and a shit ton of Wes McDonald. Nuby and McDonald trade guitar work and form an impervious front with Parrish and Waitzman, each upholding their end like a jack stud supporting a header in a stick framed house. With each member bringing their own paint to the proverbial canvas, the ship calmly steered by McDonald and his bar stool comedian take on songwriting — as equally drenched in Parliament Funkadelic , Marc Bolan and T.Rex as the Ramones.
They're better than steroids were for baseball and OJ was for Ford Broncos, beautifully exotic yet weaving the basket between perfect indie pop and obtuse punk funk. Ever entertaining and genre bending, Vulture Whale is a cornucopia of styles and permutations, draped in the critically acclaimed shroud of indie rock and its rags.
The Vulture Whale I is their second release on the new Cornelius Chapel Records imprint, headed up by Dexateens frontman Elliott McPherson. 2016 saw the band's 5th release, Aluminium, and another new album is around the corner as well.